More about roofs

We have been working on all three buildings today.

On building 848 we have been learning to thatch in a more traditional method, by tying the thatch to the roof. This is the first time that any of our volunteers had thatched and the results were very good, and to make things more interesting, we were also tying the thatch on with willow.

Tying the thatch to building 848.

Tying the thatch to building 848.

With building 851 we have been continuing with weaving the roof. We have also re-tied the ridge pole and adjusted the rafters, creating a more symmetrical roof.

The re-tied roof of building 851 with the facing southern side still to finish

The re-tied roof of building 851 with the facing southern side still to finish.

We took the birch rafters off of building 547 as they weren’t quite long enough to give the roof pitch that we need. We have replaced them with longer larch poles and are now going to test different construction methods on the quarters that we have created.

The main rafters in place.

The main rafters in place.

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One thought on “More about roofs

  1. Is that a bender style roof going on? Fantastic. I have always thought the British built baskets coracles etc by sticking rods in the ground and bending them over why do archaeologists always put African style roofs on roundhouses?

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